Saturday, 15 February 2014

Vintage pattern pledge

Vintage Sewing Pattern Pledge

You may have noticed a new badge over on the right there - yes, I've signed up to a new challenge this year:

During 2014, I, Dilly, will sew up at least three of my vintage sewing patterns.

Now, I don't have the greatest track record in completing challenges, but I'm actually feeling quite inspired by this one. In fact, the day before I came across this challenge, I had been considering my (embarrassingly large) collection of vintage patterns, and thinking how sad it is that I haven't sewn up more of them - partly because I would rather like to be wearing them, and partly because it seems so melancholy for them to be sitting in boxes. If I own them, I should use them!

In this frame of mind, I had already re-traced a vintage pattern I had been struggling with before Christmas (having had a new idea about fitting it), so even before signing up, I'd made a good start!

I've kept to just three patterns in my pledge, as I've wanted to keep things realistic. I tend to muslin vintage patterns (as the sizing and fit can be very different to modern patterns), which takes up a fair amount of time, and I don't want to be sewing just vintage patterns this year! Although if I end up making more than three, that is of course a bonus...

Good news about the pattern I'm working on at the moment though - with just the adjustment I had been mulling over (lengthening the bodice and sleeve in the top part of the armscye), the bodice fit perfectly - without an FBA. I've had a bit more of a struggle with the sleeves (if you follow me on Twitter you'll know about that...), but I've got them fitting well enough that I'm about to start cutting the real fabric.

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